CM – Barber

Kim Barber

Non-Voting Member, IDB

Kim Barber

Kim Barber is the Program Manager for the Independent Living Program at the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB), one of two state agencies that collaborates with the SILC. Kim serves the SILC as an ex-officio non-voting SILC member, representing IDB.

Kim was employed as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with IDB from 2005 to 2007. Her work with the agency allowed multiple clients to secure gainful employment and increase their level of independence. In 2007, Kim was a Program Planner 2-Business Development Specialist for the ISE Program with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, where she delivered direct services to help many clients establish successful self-employment ventures.

Kim has a BA degree in Human Resource Management, and a Masters degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. She also has a certification from Northern Illinois University through their DeafBlind program. Kim just finished her Chronic Disease and Self-Management certification through Stanford University.

Her work has also included international business training and consulting in Africa, where she assisted women to achieve self-sufficiency and independence through self-employment opportunities. In 1999, Kim was presented with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise Development from then President William Clinton for her contributions toward poverty alleviation. Kim resides with her husband in Des Moines.